From 1 August 2008, smoking has been banned throughout NHS Lanarkshire’s grounds under the revised No Smoking Policy.
The revised policy means people are no longer allowed to light up anywhere inside NHS Lanarkshire premises or within the grounds – including areas around hospital and health centre entrances and car parks.
Previously, the ban only extended to the inside of buildings and immediately outside. This is a legal requirement under the Smoking, Health and Care (Scotland) Act 2005 introduced by the Scottish Parliament. It bans smoking in all enclosed public spaces.
Both patients, visitors and staff are asked for their cooperation in keeping NHS Lanarkshire's grounds and buildings smoke free. NHS Lanarkshire has a zero tolerance policy on abusive or threatening behaviour to staff and any breach of this will result in the police being alerted.
NHS Lanarkshire is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for patients, staff and visitors and will make every effort to protect people from secondary smoke.
Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of ill health and early death in the community and around 13,000 people in Scotland die prematurely because of smoking-related illness.
Passive or involuntary smoking is also a major hazard to health and is estimated to kill about 2000 people a year as well as contributing to long-term illness like heart disease, asthma and bronchitis.
The NHS Lanarkshire Stop Smoking Service is available all year round to offer advice and support to smokers thinking about stopping. According to research, people are four times more likely to quit if they use smoking cessation services alongside Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).